Katie O'Reilly

Local - November 14
4:48 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Gun Violence Prevention: A Community Affair

UNCW professors say gun violence is a matter of concern spanning all of Wilmington's neighborhoods and tax brackets.

Because Wilmington’s recent spate of gun violence has residents from every walk of life concerned, City Councilman and UNCW political science professor Earl Sheridan corralled some university colleagues for a community panel event.  WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that Wednesday night’s discussion often landed on another local hot button: public education.

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Local - November 13
1:03 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Environmentalists Launch Petition to Expedite Coal Cleanup at Duke's Sutton Energy Plant

The Sierra Club hosted about 50 locals to a boat tour up the Cape Fear River this past Saturday. The destination was Duke's Sutton Plant, and the group brought on board speakers who touched on river ecology and current water quality issues.

This December, Duke Energy Progress will retire the coal units at Wilmington’s Sutton Plant, and switch to more energy-efficient natural gas operations. But while those coal units are being decommissioned, Duke will keep their ash basins operational for what they say is a short time. However, local environmental advocates are pushing to excavate the ash immediately, as they say its chemical components could pose public health threats. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that the Sierra Club and Cape Fear River Watch have teamed up to launch a petition demanding a timetable from Duke.

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Local - November 8
5:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Wilmington's Festival Latino A Growing Force Within its Community

Aztec dancers graced last year's Festival Latino.

This weekend, Ogden Park will become a bastion of music, food and dance celebrating the traditions of Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and many more Latino countries. Festival Latino has been a November tradition in Wilmington for fifteen years, ever since one day when a few Latino families gathered in the park for a picnic. The event has since evolved into a two-day festival that’s projected to draw 20,000 visitors. This growth parallels the expansion of the organization behind the festival, Amigos Internacional.

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Local - October 30
6:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Myrtle Grove Follows Murray Middle School's Lead in Seeking Exemption from New Education Laws

Wilmington's Myrtle Grove Middle School

Local educators are increasingly finding fault with new laws affecting public education. They say the state’s pay-for-performance compensation system will hinder collaborative learning environments, and that phased-out teacher tenure just strips teachers of their right to due process. Meanwhile, some legislators say the laws are meant to incentivize teachers and weed out the bad ones. In an effort to exempt their school from these measures, all of Murray Middle School’s teachers and support staff recently presented a signed petition to State Representative Ted Davis.

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Local - October 28
5:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Area Teachers Plan "Walk In" Demonstration

Participating teachers will wear red to symbolize their solidarity.
RedforEdNC

For several weeks, Facebook has been buzzing with speculation of a North Carolina public educator walkout to take place next Monday. Teachers and education activists are hoping to shine attention on recent legislative measures including what they say is decreased spending per pupil, a new pay-for-performance system, increased standardized testing and insufficient educator compensation. However, locally, the demonstration will likely take the form of a teacher “walk in,” during which teachers will all wear red and walk into school together.

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Local
5:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Wilmington's PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon Raises Awareness of Clinical Drug Trials

This weekend the Cape Fear region welcomes more than two thousand athletes from across the country for the sixth annual Beach2Battleship Triathlon. And these iron and half-iron endeavors aren’t exactly everyday athletic events. Their sponsor, PPD—a Wilmington-based pharmaceutical research organization—is honoring seven special participants.

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Local - October 25
5:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Wilmington's PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon Benefits Local YMCA

Tomorrow marks the sixth annual Beach2Battleship Triathlon, which is sponsored by PPD, a Wilmington-based organization researching pharmaceutical technology. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA. And among the two thousand-plus participating athletes are seven special participants known as PPD Heroes.

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Local - October 23
11:59 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Wilmington City Council Candidates Debate Modes of Crime Prevention at WHQR Forum

Six Wilmingtonians are running for three open spots on their city’s council. And curbing Wilmington’s highly publicized crime rate is a top priority for each. The hopefuls agree that higher police officer pay would fortify intervention efforts; however, they have disparate ideas when it comes to preventing the root causes of crime. The value of youth-oriented social services is the source of greatest contention.

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Local - October 23
6:32 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Kure Beach Aims to Keep its Tourist Appeal in Check

WED AM; PM

This November, two town council candidates and incumbent mayor Dean Lambeth are all running unopposed in Kure Beach. Of top concern to this beach town is the question of how to strike a balance between preserving its quaint and quiet nature—a major reason many residents chose to live there—while still profiting from tourist dollars. Kure Beach’s newly opened Ocean Front Park is intensifying this issue.

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Local - October 23
12:16 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Wrightsville Beach Candidates Tackle Flood Insurance Concerns

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Five candidates are running for two seats on the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen this November. Of top concern to the town is impending legislation that would increase its home and business owners’ flood insurance rates. The two alderman hopefuls who attended last night’s beach town forum at WHQR are both campaigning on their mission to delay implementation of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. This federal law is meant to recover recent losses to FEMA’s Flood Insurance Program, and stands to significantly raise local insurance rates.

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